11.11.17. Birdlog.

A walk along the River Weaver towards Marsh Farm this afternoon. A group of Goldeneye were on the river with Common Teal, Mallard, Gadwall, Great Crested and Little Grebe also noted.

A Common Sandpiper was also spotted.

A couple of Grey Wagtail whiled away their time on the river bank.

A pair of Stonechat were in the reed bed and a large charm of Goldfinch fed on the burdock seeds.

I made my way to No.6 tank to view the Starling roost there. Although numbers were down on the previous few days I still managed an impressive c8000 as they collapsed the reed bed.

The Green-winged Teal was reported with Common Teal on No,6 tank.

Observer and images: Paul Ralston.

There were 3 Water Pipit reported on the flooded field adjacent to the ramp track (to No.4) at the south-west corner of No.6 tank off Lordship Lane. Also 20 Meadow Pipit and 300 Pied Wagtail heading to their roost.

There were well over 20,000 Starling and when the entire mass of suddenly arrived in the reed bed they collapsed the reeds and there was an audible thud!

Also present 1 Fieldfare with the wagtails; also sub-ad male Marsh Harrier on south side of No.6 – I was hoping to see the spectacle of it spooking the Starlings, but it didn’t quite come close enough; also Cetti’s Warbler calling continuously at top of 2nd ramp.

Observer: John Watson.

10.11.17. Birdlog.

A very brief visit this evening with a walk along the track between sludge tanks 5,6 and 3 and walking back in the dark.

A Cetti’s Warbler was calling from the reed bed while the Starling roost was down to a few thousand this probably down to strong wind and heavy cloud forcing birds into their roost before our arrival at 15.40 hrs.

It was really good to watch the Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Shoveler whizzing overhead as we walk in the gloom, followed by low flying Canada Goose.

A Marsh Harrier was still hunting in the dark and a Merlin raced across No.3 tank flushing out Common Teal from the concealed pools there.

Observers: Sparky & WSM.

Image by Paul Ralston.